Volkswagen is heading full force toward a full electric vehicle that will rival the likes of Tesla and Porsche. During the upcoming Paris Motor Show at the beginning of October, Volkswagen is going to show off an electric concept vehicle with a greater range than nearly all the other electric vehicles sold today. According to Volkswagen it will be as revolutionary as the Beetle was when first produced, and a pretty solid addition to the Volkswagen lineup.
A Massive Range
Today a driving range of more than 50 miles on full electric is pretty impressive, and few vehicles achieve even that. The next electric vehicle that Volkswagen plans on releasing, is supposed to have a range of between 250 and 300 miles. Not only that, but it should be able to charge up in just 15 minutes with the appropriate charging technology. That means that you could drive across the country in the electric vehicle, without having to worry about running out of power at any point along the way. Not only that, but many hour charge times look like they will be going away for car owners over time.
Not For Many Years
While Volkswagen is making the latest EV sound pretty outstanding, the automaker doesn’t plan to release the vehicle for a couple years now. It’s set to be a 2020 model year vehicle, which means you’ll have to wait at least 2 to 3 more years before you can get your hands on this long-range vehicle. Even still, it looks to be a pretty impressive product that should keep right up with the other long-range electric vehicles set to be released in the coming years.
The Volkswagen EV Goal
Volkswagen has a goal to produce a total of one million pure EVs by the year 2025, and this electric concept vehicle is going to be a powerful driving force toward that goal according to Volkswagen. It’s a first glimpse at the electric empire that Volkswagen is soon going to be constructing, and it’s something to really get excited about.
If you’re as excited about this potential new electric vehicle as I am, I urge you to keep your eyes on the Paris Motor show set to come in just a couple weeks. Volkswagen should be showing off a concept of these electric vehicle then, and you’ll get to set your eyes on one of the more impressive electric vehicles set to come out in the next couple years.
There is something cool about owning a Golf GTI with just two doors. It shows that you don’t have any kids and that you care about the look of your vehicle more than function itself. It’s also a way to save a bit of money. Unfortunately, the two-door model Golf isn’t going to be offered for very much longer according to Volkswagen. That’s because it’s not very popular in America and there isn’t a good reason to continue producing this type of vehicle.
Discontinued after 2016
The two-door GTI will only be offered new in 2016, and from then on out you’ll have to pick up used vehicles instead. That’s because Volkswagen is discontinuing them this year. The automaker cited lack of interest as the main reason that the two door model is going the way of the Dodge Viper.
Why the Two Door isn’t That Popular
There are a few different reasons that the two-door version of the Golf GTI just isn’t that popular with Americans. One of the main reasons is that you’re losing out on features without really gaining much money by going with a two-door model. Sure they look pretty cool, but you’re losing interior space and room to carry more people. This loss of utility comes at the savings of just $600. This savings hardly makes losing out on seating for three people and a bunch of storage space worthwhile, not unless you really like the look of the two-door model more.
Get One While You Can
If you have your heart set on a new model, you should get to your local dealership and put in the order as soon as possible. The 2016 model year Golf’s are the only ones that still come with the two-door option, and they aren’t going to be around for much longer before we’re into the 2017 model year vehicles. Do yourself a favor and head to the dealership today to make sure that you get the vehicle that you are looking for.
It absolutely makes sense to drop the two-door Golf for Volkswagen, just like it made sense for automakers to drop smaller pickup trucks. If something isn’t popular enough it doesn’t pay to make it. Could Volkswagen bring back two-door vehicles? Absolutely. Will they? That really depends on if they become popular again in the United States, and that’s pretty difficult to predict.
Volkswagen has been talking about a new and larger 3-row SUV that it’s coming out with, but up until now the automaker hasn’t released any real details about the vehicle. They say it’s going to be larger, they say it’s going to have nice tech features and that it’s suitable for larger families, but Volkswagen doesn’t say anything about when the vehicle is going to be released. A recent siting of a 3-row VW SUV suggests that it will be put out within the next year, something that Volkswagen fans can get excited about.
Recently a 3-seat Volkswagen SUV was spotted over in China in testing. The vehicle was driving around the roads and was clearly being evaluated. There’s no guarantee that this is in fact the SUV that’s going to be sold in the United States, but it’s a good bet that it is, because how many other 3-row SUVs could Volkswagen be testing out at the moment?
Volkswagen has a large production facility down in Tennessee that it plans on using to make this new SUV for buyers. The vehicle will start production at the facility before the vehicles are delivered out to auto dealerships. Keep an eye on this American-made vehicle, because it could start showing up for sale sooner than you expect.
A Gasoline Engine
It’s likely that the SUV is going to come with a turbocharged gasoline engine. The engine will probably be a 2-liter engine with plenty of power to push the SUV and what little bit that you want to tow with it as well.
An Affordable SUV
Many buyers skip over Volkswagen’s current SUV lineup because the Tiguan is just too small of an option for larger families, and the Toureg is really expensive compared to competitor offerings. This next SUV is supposed to hit that price sweet spot to make it more competitive, which means that it should be sold for somewhere around $30,000 when it’s finally released to the public. That’s pretty darned affordable for a three-row SUV that’s going to cart around families just like a minivan would.
Volkswagen is changing up how it offers one of its most popular sedans to the public, the 2017 Golf. Not only is the car slightly more affordable in some trim models, which is pretty exciting, but it is also much simpler to make that purchase. That’s because Volkswagen is simplifying the whole lineup, and adding in many of the optional features as standard onto different models throughout the lineup. The end result is that buying a Golf is an easier affair and something that you can do with confidence.
In the interest of drumming up more business, Volkswagen has actually dropped the prices on some of its models for the 2017 model year. The Golf S four door sedan is actually $280 lower than it was in the 2016 model year. The GTI SE four-door model is $225 lower than it was before. This isn’t a dramatic price drop, but it’s enough to make buying either of these two models into a more exciting prospect overall.
GTI Performance is More Limited
The Golf GTI of yesterday came with the option for a powerful Performance package, now there isn’t an option any longer. Instead you have to pick one of the two upgraded variations, the GTI SE or the SEL in order to get that performance package, and it isn’t an added cost, it comes as standard. If you opt for one of these variations of the Golf GTI, you’ll enjoy all those performance features as a bonus addon with your purchase.
Limited Golf Offerings
One of the biggest changes that you’ll find with the regular Golf is that there are far fewer variations available than in previous years. If you want to drive to a lot and pick up a 2017 Golf, you’ll have the four-door S hatchback, or the Wolfsburg Edition four door model to choose from. The SE and the SEL models are still available, but you’ll have to pre-order those and wait for them to become available in order to get one.
Simpler Offerings Overall
Buying a Golf before was quite complicated. There were a bunch of different variations and then optional add-on packages that you could choose from as well. Sure you had more of a choice over what you would end up with from Volkswagen, but it was a time consuming process trying to pick out the best vehicle. That’s why Volkswagen has pared down its Golf offerings dramatically. With fewer options and more included package features, there are simply less decisions to worry about. This frees up buyers to make the purchase and stop worrying so much about whether or not they made the right choices.
The latest Volkswagen Tiguan has been in development for quite some time now. It was announced by Volkswagen nearly a year ago, and since then we haven’t heard so much as a peep about it. That’s likely because the SUV still isn’t ready to be released by the company in the United States. That’s mostly because it is set to be built in Mexico, and the plant that’s going to be used isn’t retrofitted to effectively construct the SUV just yet. Anyway, some recent spy shots were released for the 2017 Tiguan showing off the extended body version of the SUV. It looks very similar to the model that was shown almost a year ago, but with a longer footprint.
Stretching the Tiguan
The next Volkswagen Tiguan is going to offer a version with 3rd row seating for the customers that are interested in that sort of thing. In order to create enough space for the additional row, Volkswagen had to stretch out the vehicle. When you look at spy shots of the stretched Tiguan, you’ll see that it relies on different C-pillars as well as extended doors to make up the added space that’s needed for the third row seats.
When Will it Be released?
Since Volkswagen did very little to hide the appearance of these stretched out vehicles, it’s safe to say that the model is likely going to be released quite soon. Customers should expect to see official photos of the vehicle from Volkswagen in the near future, and will likely view a preview of the actual car at a show sometime in the near future as well.
There’s no official word about what engines are going to be offered in the latest Tiguan, but it’s easy enough to speculate at the offerings. It’s likely there will be a turbocharged four-cylinder version of the Tiguan, and maybe a standard V6 as well. On top of that there could also be a hybrid offering from Volkswagen, further proving that they are becoming more serious about electric vehicle technology.
The latest Tiguan likely won’t be released in the United States to buyers for quite a while yet, but we could all be getting a good look at the interior of that stretched variation pretty soon.
Volkswagen now realizes the importance of creating sustainable vehicles that are going to be usable long past when oil has run out and global warming is an even more serious issue than it is today. Thanks to that understanding the automaker is putting a huge amount of its resources towards developing electronic vehicles that it can offer to consumers. Not only is the automaker working on the platforms that will form each of the 30 different EVs or electric vehicles that it plans to release by 2025, but it is also working out partnerships with major solar companies such as SMA Solar to help get the knowledge and access to the technology it needs to create the best possible product in the end.
Developing its Electric Platforms
Volkswagen is working hard to lay the foundation of its electric vehicle program right now. The automaker is currently creating platforms for its electric vehicles that each of them is going to be built on top of. According to Volkswagen there are about three different platforms, which is all the automaker is going to need for all its hybrid and full electric creations. Between these three platforms the company can create SUVs, cars, trucks and anything else that it wants with partial or full electric power. That’s exactly why it has engineers and designers coming up with the ideal configuration for each of these platforms. Efficiency and effectiveness in these platforms will translate nicely into all the different vehicles that are built on top of them.
A Partnership with Sun Experts
SMA Solar is a solar panel inverter company that specializes in designing and creating products that are designed to make use of small amounts of electricity very efficiently. Volkswagen is working with this company to hopefully help create more efficient and useful hybrid and full electric systems in the future. There’s no news about what Volkswagen wants from SMA specifically, but there can be no doubt that the automaker is going to learn a great deal from the company during the time that it works with it.
Volkswagen isn’t going into hybrid and full electric technology halfway. It’s taking all the steps to help lay the foundation for a very strong electric vehicle system that could be one of the best in the world in a decade from now. IT’s an exciting time to be interested in electric vehicles, and only time will tell exactly what’s in store for everyone waiting for these modern modes of transportation to finally be released.
Volkswagen is currently one of the largest automakers in the world, but you might not have realized that the company is currently ahead of every other company in the world in terms of sales numbers. That’s right, all throughout the first half of 2016 Volkswagen managed to outsell Toyota, General Motors and all the other auto companies out there. That’s a pretty significant win, and something to be very excited about.
Just How Well is Volkswagen Doing?
If you’re wondering how well Volkswagen is doing, it’s currently about 130,000 vehicles ahead of Toyota for the first six months of 2016. Volkswagen is beating the automaker that managed to outsell every other automaker in the world for the past four years running. That’s pretty significant. Not only is Volkswagen doing well, but the company sold about 5.12 million vehicles so far this year, while Toyota is at around 4.99 million. That’s a pretty big difference even if the two figures seem quite close together.
Could Volkswagen Be the New Top Automaker?
While it’s way too early to tell yet, it looks possible that Volkswagen could outsell Toyota for all of 2016. Volkswagen is currently growing nicely in Europe and China, two of its largest markets. It grew by 3.8% in Europe during the first six months, and 6.8% in China, those are some pretty significant gains as well. Volkswagen has been shooting for the top position for years now, and has its sights set on 2018 as the year that it takes the top position. We think that’s a very reasonable estimate, and it could even happen sooner than that if Volkswagen maintains its current growth rates.
Dethroning the King
Toyota has been the sales leader for automakers for the last four years in a row. The automaker beat out General Motors to take the top spot over four years ago, and it’s been running strong ever since. Taking over that top position from Toyota would give Volkswagen something to brag about, and is definitely something to be proud of as well. Whether or not Volkswagen is able to take the top spot this year still remains to be seen, but the company is definitely headed in the right direction.